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Steel Boat, Iron Hearts: A U-Boat Crewman's Life Aboard U-505 Paperback – 30 Sep 2008
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...successfully bridges the disparity in between U-505 as merely a modern museum exhibit and a place of validation and comfort for those who served aboard the vessel on its wartime patrols...provides a true account of his experiences aboard the U-505 and dispel rumors about life on the vessel... --Nautical Research Journal, 03/2010
About the Author
Author Hans Jacob Goebeler served as control room mate aboard U-505. He died in 1999, and author John P. Vanzo is a former defense program analyst. He teaches political science and geography at Bainbridge College in Georgia.
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In 1954, Han Goebeler read an article which informed him his beloved U-Boat was now part of an exhibition in Chicago and promptly moved with his wife to be near the machine that once meant so much to him. It wasn't long before he would be found giving personal talks to visitors. Over the years he also brought former adversaries together in reunions.
This book is his story. From those early beginnings in the Kriegsmarine until his death in 1999, he recalls just about everything that ever happened to him. He was not a Nazi, nor was he a demon or monster - just an ordinary man who was called upon to serve his country as did what any of us would do - he served. It is a moving story in which the reader will soon become gripped by the reality of life - and death!, on board a German U-Boat at time of war - although there is much to it than just that.
Rest in Peace Hans Goebeler - you earned it.
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